RCMP traffic accident analysts investigate the scene where a pedestrian was struck by a car near the Island Highway and Nanaimo Parkway interchange Thursday morning. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

RCMP traffic accident analysts investigate the scene where a pedestrian was struck by a car near the Island Highway and Nanaimo Parkway interchange Thursday morning. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

UPDATE: Nanaimo woman who allegedly ran into highway traffic dies

Investigation continues, but driver will not face any charges

The Nanaimo woman who was struck by a vehicle on the highway Thursday has died.

According to Nanaimo RCMP, the 43-year-old woman who was critically injured in the collision died at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital later that day.

Police are not releasing the woman’s identity.

The investigation into the collision is continuing, but charges are not expected to be laid against the driver.

“We have advised [the B.C. Coroners Service] of her death and once we have completed all our tasks then the file will be turned over to them,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “There will be no charges in this matter.”

The accident happened at about 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 25 on the northbound lanes of Highway 1 between the Duke Point overpass and the Nanaimo Parkway and Cedar Road interchange.

Nanaimo RCMP say 911 operators received several reports of a woman running into traffic in the moments before a woman was struck and critically injured on the Island Highway on Thursday morning.

According to Nanaimo RCMP, upwards of six 911 calls were received moments before the collision from motorists reporting a woman, dressed in dark clothing, running into traffic and that motorists had to take evasive action to avoid hitting her. Investigators determined from descriptions provided that the victim was the same woman reported by the callers.

The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and is co-operating with investigators.

“The investigation’s continuing,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “We can only imagine what the diver must have gone through. Very horrendous experience and [RCMP Victim Services] have offered support for him.”